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"Architects need substantive knowledge and skills to address climate change"

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Crit at Tulane School of Architecture

Architecture schools should update the curriculum to teach future designers how to respond to the crisis of climate change says Jesse M Keenan, a professor at the Tulane School of Architecture. This fall, the Tulane School of Architecture became the first design school in America to sign on to the US Architects Declare initiative. This initiative

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Jesse M Keenan


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Ein Dachraum . Aachen Amunt Architekten . photos: © Björn Martenson Ein Loch Sägen Ein Reihenhaus aus den 60er Jahren erhält eine Verjüngungskur um den Wohnvorstellungen einer jungen Familie passenden Raum zu bieten. Trennwände werden im Erdgeschoß entfernt, es entsteht eine großzügiger neuer Wohnküchenraum. Durch ein neu gesägtes Loch in der obersten Geschoßdecke wird der … Continue reading Amunt

A cat bed launched in collaboration with Karl Lagerfeld's pet features in today's Dezeen Weekly newsletter

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Choupette models the Swing hammock bed by LucyBalu

The latest edition of our Dezeen Weekly newsletter features a cat bed launched in collaboration with Karl Lagerfeld's pet. Readers are amused by a collaboration between animal furniture brand LucyBalu and late fashion designer Lagerfeld's cat Choupette. Choupette, who is rumoured to be heir to some of Lagerfeld's huge fortune, endorsed the hammock-style cat bed

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Karen Anderson

Madame Architect with Julia Gamolina

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Julia Gamolina When Julia Gamolina thinks about how she decided to become an architect, she thinks of the big moves that she made during her childhood. Julia was born in Russia. At 8 years old, she moved to Toronto, Canada. Then, as a teenager, she moved with her family to Colorado. This gave Julia the […]
Michael Riscica


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Kervalet extension . Vannes Exercice . photos: © Exercice This extension in Brittany opens the house widely to the outside space by large sliding anodized aluminum frames. The structure is designed as a superposition of different materialities that let in as much light as possible. On the outside, three galvanized steel shutters slide with a … Continue reading Exercice


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SOCIAL PLANT. Tianjin AFTER PARTY . Zhenke Jin We pursued to create a future office prototype by employing the most fundamental structural system – a triple-height space frame forming a flexible shell for vibrant human scale village-like workplace to emerge. By reinterpreting an archetypical modernist principle of efficiency (Le Corbusier “dom-ino house”) we seek to … Continue reading AFTER PARTY . Jin

Outdoor Cinematic Experience at its Luxurious Best: Stay Entertained at Home

6 days 8 hours ago

The world has changed dramatically in the last few months and 2020 has completely changed direction of the way we work, relax and even celebrate holidays! Everything seems to be confined and stepping beyond the borders of our homes is a challenge in itself. Yet, this is also a great time to finally rediscover the […]

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Sherry Nothingam

AfCFTA will harmonize investment rules, create level-playing field, says ECA Director

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Addis Ababa, 20 October 2020 (ECA) - The African Continental Free Trade Area is going to harmonize investment rules between its member countries and the rest of the world in order to create a level playing field after it starts trading next year, said Stephen Karingi of the Economic Commission for Africa.

The investment protocol to replace the rules would help to attract foreign direct investors to come and establish businesses in Africa, Mr. Karingi, Director for Regional Integration at the ECA, made the statement recently at a Nordic- African Business Webcast.

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Competition: win a Telares rug from Nanimarquina

6 days 9 hours ago

In our latest competition, we have teamed up with Nanimarquina to give readers the chance to win a Telares handwoven rug. Crafted from Afghan wool the Telares rugs have a natural appearance thanks to the irregularities of their material and being loomed by hand. The range features three sizes and five different colours – one

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Karen Anderson

Gruff Architects supports Pitched Black house on bright blue columns

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Pitched Black house in South London by Gruff Architects

UK studio Gruff Architects has created a four-bedroom house in south London that has a first floor that is clad in black timber and overhangs its driveway. Built on the site of a builder's yard behind a row of Victorian terraced houses in Brockley, Pitched Black was designed for one of the Gruff Architects' directors – Rhys

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Tom Ravenscroft

Margaret Calvert designs Rail Alphabet 2 typeface for UK stations

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Graphic designer Margaret Calvert has created a customised typeface named Rail Alphabet 2, which will be used for station signage across the UK. Designed for Network Rail, the typeface is an update of Calvert's original Rail Alphabet typeface from the 1960s and was designed together with Henrik Kubel of A2-TYPE. It will be used by Network Rail in

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Cajsa Carlson

Webinar: Implementing Agenda 2030 and 2063 in North Africa

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Rabat, 22 October (ECA) - The Economic Commission for Africa office for North Africa, will hold on Monday 26 October 2020 a webinar to present the North African regional report on Achieving the UN Agenda 2030 and the AU Agenda 2063.

Five years after the launch of the SDGs, implementing both the United Nations’ Agenda 2030 and the African Union’s Agenda 2063 remains a major objective in North Africa where countries have committed to implementing both development agendas by including them into their own national development programmes and strategies.

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Architecture in Global Socialism

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Architecture in Global Socialism: Eastern Europe, West Africa, and the Middle East in the Cold War
Łukasz Stanek
Princeton University Press, January 2020

Hardcover | 8 x 11 inches | 368 pages | 277 illustrations | English | ISBN: 978-0691168708 | $60.00


In the course of the Cold War, architects, planners, and construction companies from socialist Eastern Europe engaged in a vibrant collaboration with those in West Africa and the Middle East in order to bring modernization to the developing world. Architecture in Global Socialism shows how their collaboration reshaped five cities in the Global South: Accra, Lagos, Baghdad, Abu Dhabi, and Kuwait City.

Łukasz Stanek describes how local authorities and professionals in these cities drew on Soviet prefabrication systems, Hungarian and Polish planning methods, Yugoslav and Bulgarian construction materials, Romanian and East German standard designs, and manual laborers from across Eastern Europe. He explores how the socialist development path was adapted to tropical conditions in Ghana in the 1960s, and how Eastern European architectural traditions were given new life in 1970s Nigeria. He looks at how the differences between socialist foreign trade and the emerging global construction market were exploited in the Middle East in the closing decades of the Cold War. Stanek demonstrates how these and other practices of global cooperation by socialist countries—what he calls socialist worldmaking—left their enduring mark on urban landscapes in the postcolonial world.

Featuring an extensive collection of previously unpublished images, Architecture in Global Socialism draws on original archival research on four continents and a wealth of in-depth interviews. This incisive book presents a new understanding of global urbanization and its architecture through the lens of socialist internationalism, challenging long-held notions about modernization and development in the Global South.

Łukasz Stanek is senior lecturer at the Manchester School of Architecture, University of Manchester, UK. He is the author of Henri Lefebvre on Space: Architecture, Urban Research, and the Production of Theory and the editor of Team 10 East: Revisionist Architecture in Real Existing Modernism.


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Images of the aftermath of the August 4th blast at the port in Beirut showed an area completely flattened, minus one structure: a badly damaged concrete grain silo. Later stories revealed that the industrial structure was built in the late 1960s by the Czech company Prumstav. This apparently minor fact hinted at cooperations in the Cold War years between then-Socialist countries in the north and countries in what is now called the Global South. Although neither this structure nor Beirut is found in Łukasz Stanek's Architecture in Global Socialism, his book explores just that terrain: the involvement of architects and planners from Eastern Bloc countries in the physical development of decolonized countries in Africa and the Middle East after World War II.

Architecture in Global Socialism is an impressive document that is the culmination of many years Stanek has focused on intercontinental cooperation. I was first exposed to his approach with the 2012 book Postmodernism Is Almost All Right: Polish Architecture After Socialist Globalization, which came out of PRL™ Export Architecture and Urbanism From Socialist Poland, an exhibition at the Museum of Technology in Warsaw in 2010. As I wrote in my review of the book, "Polish architects were sought after to work in these contexts [Algeria, Iran, Kuwait, etc.], and they treated the opportunities as means of formal and urban experimentation that would eventually be imported back home." While the earlier book is a heavily illustrated and focused on the form of buildings (all PoMo, as the title implies) and how they fit into their context, the new book is a deep, thoroughly researched history of architectural mobilities and "worldmaking" during the Cold War.

Stanek's subject is complex, to say the least, but he focuses on a handful of places to trace a triangular trajectory between Eastern Europe, West Africa, and the Middle East. These cities are Accra, Lagos, Baghdad, Abu Dhabi, and Kuwait City. Outside of the last two, which are grouped together, each city is given its own chapter, with Stanek using interviews, studies, and firsthand visits to tell the stories of notable architects, buildings, and master plans. For me, an American architect educated in highly biased Western histories of architecture, the book is one surprise after another. This is hardly a shock. After all, Stanek writes in the introduction that the engagements of Eastern European architects in the Global South "have been almost completely written out of Western-based historiography of architecture," a "blind spot" his book serves to fill.

One standout surprise is the work of Polish architect and scholar Zbigniew Dmochowski in Nigeria, discussed at length in the chapter on Lagos. (A short excerpt from the chapter is published in Strelka Mag.) Dmochowski, who had studied vernacular buildings in Poland in the 1930s and wrote The Architecture of Poland in 1956, moved to Lagos in 1958, the same year Nigeria's independence was formalized. Like in Poland, Dmochowski honed in on traditional buildings and went on to lead the Museum of Traditional Nigerian Architecture (MOTNA) in Jos, teach at the Zaria School of Architecture, and write the three-volume, now-hard-to-find Introduction to Traditional Nigerian Architecture, published posthumously in 1990. His timing and focus on vernacular architecture emphasized documenting (especially through isometric drawings) a native Nigerian architecture in the face of its immediate colonial past.

In Nigeria, Dmochowski and his drawings are remembered to this day, something Stanek discovered in his travels. To Stanek, Dmochowski's work in Nigeria "shows the instrumentality of Eastern Europeans in the indigenization of colonial knowledge by the postcolonial state" and the "mediating function assumed by Eastern Europeans in the process of decolonization of Nigerian architecture." His story is but one told in this scholarly but readable book, one example of highly cooperative exchanges between Socialist countries and the Global South that are unlike the cynical, incentivized character of most international "cooperation" today.


John Hill

Studio Ini and Summary among winning studios in Dezeen Awards first ever public vote

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MAD Architects, Wang and Söderström and four other studios have been chosen by Dezeen readers as winners of the Dezeen Awards 2020 public vote. A total of 62,447 votes were cast and verified across all 42 categories across architecture, interiors and design. The results of the public votes for the Dezeen Awards 2020 studio categories

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Aísling Cowley

Seychelles elections: Just 193 votes decided it last time

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But since 2016’s contested elections, 17 electoral amendments have been approved to hopefully make this year’s vote more free, fair and transparent. The Seychelles takes to the polls on 22-24 October this week for its presidential and legislative elections. The elections are running concurrently in order to save money. This is because the COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on the tourism-based economy since the Seychelles closed its borders in March and only began phased re-opening in June. In accordance with guidelines recently developed by the southern African bloc SADC, pre-election consultations by observer groups were conducted virtually in August. […]

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Victoria Graham & Suzanne Graham

Biomimicry enables architects to make "positive impact" on the environment says Michael Pawlyn

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In the second video of our Design for Life collaboration with Dassault Systèmes, Exploration Architecture founder Michael Pawlyn explains how computational design tools allow architects to mimic the natural world. Pawlyn is the second designer to feature in the Design for Life collaboration between Dezeen and Dassault Systèmes, which highlights designers who are using technology and research to

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Calum Lindsay

Nigeria: #EndSARS - Anarchy in Lagos

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[Daily Trust] Lagos, Ibadan and Osogbo -- Lagos, Nigeria's commercial capital came under heavy attacks on Wednesday hours after the shooting of #EndSARS protesters by soldiers at the popular Lekki Toll Plaza.

Picture-Perfect Decks for Beautiful Thanksgiving Dinners and Fall Parties

6 days 13 hours ago

You might not be able to go on those long drives and lovely holidays anymore because of the global pandemic that has kept almost all of us indoors for several months now. But you can still enjoy the outdoors and take in fresh air while spending time with friends and family in a safe environment. […]

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Sherry Nothingam


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